Early Childhood Intervention Academy

  • Fort Bend ISD Early Intervention Academy - Application available  April 1, 2019

    For the 2019-20 school year, the new Fort Bend ISD Early Intervention Academy will be located at the Fort Bend ISD Early Literacy Center (formerly the site of Ridgemont Early Childhood Center - 5353 Raven Ridge Drive Houston, TX 77053).

     

    Early Intervention Academy Application for students with disabilities - English 

    Early Intervention Academy Application for students without disabilities - English

     

    Early Intervention Academy Application for students with disabilities - Spanish

    Early Intervention Academy Application for students without disabilities - Spanish

     

    School Hours For the 2019-2020 School Year

    8:10 a.m. – 3:25 p.m. 

     

    School Calendar

    The Early Childhood Intervention Academy first day of school for the 2019-20 school year is August 14, 2019. During the school year, students enrolled in the EIA will follow the traditional school calendar from August to May. Students in the EIA will attend an additional 24 school days during June, July, and August.  

    EIA Calendar English

    EIA Calendar Spanish

     

    Goals for the Early Intervention Academy

    The goals of the Early Intervention Academy program are to:

    • increase access to a blend of educational and therapy services within the context of a developmentally appropriate curriculum;
    • provide family-centered and wrap-around services designed to meet the individualized needs of the children and build capacity within the family unit;
    • prepare students with the skills necessary to integrate into an inclusive environment when they complete the program and attend their neighborhood elementary school.

      

    High Expectations for Results     

    The expectation for the Early Intervention Academy is to redefine early intervention services by providing individualized educational services 31.40 hours a week, 12 months a year, in which the child is engaged in systematically planned, developmentally-appropriate educational activities targeted toward identified objectives. 

    Program Areas of Focus

    • Full day preschool program with non-disabled, age-appropriate role models following early childhood educational philosophy
    • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) intervention up to 20 hours per week, with BCBA supervision, embedded within the instructional day
    • Structured, explicit social skills delivery model to include the utilization of purpose-built social, humanoid, facially expressive robot, to engage children in the intervention
    • Additional therapy services provided within the context of the educational environment using an integrated approach (Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Music Therapy).
    • Extended School Year
    • Extended School Day (supplemental full-day programming as opposed to traditional half day PPCD/PK programming)
    • Family Outreach, Training and Coaching
    • Ongoing program evaluation and progress monitoring to determine need for adjustments in programming

     

    Enrollment

    For the 2019-20 school year, the Academy is accepting students who are:

    • Age three on or before September 1, 2019
    • Age four on or before September 1 , 2019

     

    Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 80 students for the 2019-20 with a maximum of 64 students with disabilities.

        

    Application Process

    The EIA will provide a lottery-based application process for students eligible to attend school in Fort Bend ISD. The program is designed for Students who meet the TEA special education eligibility criteria of:  

    • Autism or Non-Categorical Early Childhood for suspected Autism
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Consideration of Students who do not meet this criteria will be considered on a first come - first serve basis, assuming all other application criteria are met.

    Acceptance is based on all application criteria being met and verification of evaluation or diagnosis.  

     

    Early Intervention Academy Application for students with disabilities - English 

    Early Intervention Academy Application for students without disabilities - English

     

    Early Intervention Academy Application for students with disabilities - Spanish 

    Early Intervention Academy Application for students without disabilities - Spanish

     

    FAPE

    Parents of Students enrolled in the Early Intervention Academy agree and acknowledge that:

    (1) Fort Bend ISD has offered and afforded their Student a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”), in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing federal and state law and regulations, as set forth in the Student's current ARD/IEP and Prior Written Notice at the time of the Student's application to the Early Intervention Academy;

    (2) enrollment of their Student at the Early Childhood Intervention Academy, considered a school of choice, is voluntary and initiated at Parent request with the express understanding and agreement that the program may or may not incorporate all elements of the special education program previously designed for the Student by their ARD committee and intended to be implemented in the least restrictive environment determined appropriate by the ARD committee;

    (3) withdrawal from the early Intervention Academy in favor of the program offered on the Student's home campus or prior centralized educational placement may therefore be initiated by the Parent at any time; and

    (4)  their Student's enrollment at the Early Intervention Academy is in no way to be construed as an express or implied admission by the District of a violation of the District’s obligation to provide FAPE to their Student.

     

    For questions about the Early Child Intervention Academy, please contact Kara Hallenberger, Early Intervention Academy Program Manager, at 281-634-9836, or send emails to EarlyInterventionAcademy@fortbendisd.com